Product, Service & Design Innovation

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No Compromises: How Eastman’s Naia™ Renew Is Transforming the Fashion Industry

Cross-Posted from Chemistry, Materials & Packaging. Here, Shaw’s Kellie Ballew and Eastman’s Ruth Farrell discuss the opportunities created by Eastman’s Naia™ Renew textile, and the need to show the market that sustainability and circularity can be achieved without compromise.

New PANGAIA Partnership Aims to Scale Industry Adoption of Sustainable Synthetic Textiles

Cross-Posted from Chemistry, Materials & Packaging. With an investment in Kintra Fibers, a material science company that makes 100% bio-based and compostable yarns, PANGAIA aims to raise industry standards for synthetic materials.

Please Hold the Packaging: Creating a No-Landfill Meal Kit

Meal kits are synonymous with excessive packaging, but they have a crucial redeeming feature — they reduce food waste. At Just Salad, that got us thinking: Could we drastically reduce packaging to make meal kits an unambiguous environmental win?

How Seiko Epson Is Using Digital Technology to Transform the Textile Industry

Through its cutting-edge inkjet textile-printing technology, Seiko Epson is aiming to not only transform the textile industry, but to help solve an array of social issues caused by analog printing in a range of fields.

3 Ways Farmers Can Use Tech for Bigger Yields, Greater Sustainability

With technologies such as these coming to market all the time, farmers now have the option to grow more profitable, high-quality crops with more efficient input use — supporting their business, as well as the environment.

Kao: Striving for 'Yoki-Monozukuri' (‘Excellent Manufacturing’) Through the Pursuit of 'Kirei'

Kao’s new ESG strategy is centered on "kirei" (meaning “clean, beautiful and orderly”) — a Japanese word that is not yet well known worldwide but one that the company aims to make aspirational throughout the world.

Bid Adieu to This Dumpster Fire of a Year! The 2020 SB Holiday Gift Guide

No offense, 2020 — but it is high time we put you to bed and look toward the future. After the year we’ve had, we all deserve a little pampering — and so do the makers of these thoughtful, ethically made products …

Sustainability and Healthcare: Transformational Work During a Global Pandemic

Cross-Posted from Collaboration. Shaw is spotlighting organizations making a positive impact through initiatives that support the wellbeing of people and the planet. Here, we discuss a new sustainability initiative led by three of the most influential organizations working to transform health care: Health Care Without Harm, Practice Greenhealth and Greenhealth Exchange.

3 Advances in Sequestering Carbon in the Built Environment

The ability to not only eliminate greenhouse gas emissions, but actually sequester carbon, would transform buildings from net negative to net positive entities. Here, we examine several approaches making this possible.

How Saas Startups Are Reshaping Social Equality in Tech

Cross-Posted from Organizational Change. The tech sector can, and should, be the leader at showcasing the advantages of diversity. In many ways, we are all limited by the tools that we use. The cloud is enabling companies to overcome many barriers that were, until recently, impenetrable. 

Combatting Food Insecurity Takes More Than a Village

Cross-Posted from Collaboration. As Congress signs off for Thanksgiving, roughly 12 million Americans could soon lose jobless benefits. The hope is that people and companies continue to step up; government programs continue, and the flexibility the food supply chain has gained during COVID will enable a nimbler switch to accommodate future need.

IKEA, Unilever Sowing More Seeds for a Plant-Based Food Future

Cross-Posted from The Next Economy. With the global plant-based meat and foods markets growing like a tsunami, it’s no wonder that more and more global food companies are positioning themselves to ride the wave.

Trending: H&M, Houdini Eliminating More Waste from Fashion

Cross-Posted from Waste Not. H&M’s latest collection includes garments made from recycled metals; circular, bio-based fabrics and food waste; while Houdini Sportswear has open-sourced the design of its Mono Air Houdi, to guide the industry toward further circularity.

Committing to Compostable: Neutrogena’s Journey to Create a 100% Plant-Based Cleansing Cloth

Cross-Posted from Our Healthy Lives Mission. Transitioning the market-leading Neutrogena make-up wipes to 100% plant-based fabric will massively increase the reach of the innovation, and illustrates the potential for transforming products across numerous brands and sectors. The company plans to share information about the new fabric with the industry.

Operating vs Embodied Carbon in the Built Environment: The Difference and Why It Matters

The tremendous work to reduce operational carbon from buildings in recent years can be seen in the rise of net-zero energy buildings. But without a comparable focus on reducing embodied carbon in construction materials, that work will not lead to the hoped-for mitigation of climate change.

Why Real Estate Needs a Seat at the Table in a Sustainable Future

In the months and years to come, the real estate sector must play a critical role in creating a decarbonized environment — helping society prepare, respond, re-enter and ultimately re-imagine a sustainable future.

Regenerative Design: Beyond Sustainability Toward Circularity in the Built Environment

In order to achieve 2030 sustainability goals, company leaders must think beyond "sustainability," and challenge built environment teams to strive for net-positive impacts, net-zero energy and zero waste.

This Cidery Is Restoring Biodiversity While Reviving Traditional Cider-Making

By reviving traditional meadow orchards in its native Luxembourg, where much of the cider industry had died and fruit was going to waste, carbon-negative Ramborn Cider Co. has set about reversing the loss of biodiversity in the region.

Designing for Circularity Turns Fashion Waste into a Viable Resource

As we continue to weather a pandemic, and the industry and brands rethink longer-term existential strategies, we face a rare opportunity for change — to future-proof the entire fashion industry for the long run.

Using Built Environment Strategies to Achieve 2030 Sustainability Goals

As a CSO or COO of a company striving for sustainability, what contribution can you expect of your built environment team? That’s the question we address in this first of a series of articles about decarbonization, regeneration and circularity in the built environment.


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